Globe myBusiness and the World Street Food Congress 2017 has successfully brought together the best of the best in street food from all over the world, all in one spot for connoisseurs and foodies to savor and enjoy. Together with the congress comes top names and talents in the food industry who shared their advice and tips to aspiring food entrepreneurs on how to be the best in the business through the World Street Food Congress Dialogues. One such name is Anthony Bourdain who graciously shares some of his life and culinary secrets that you may want to consider when establishing your food business.
1. Ask: is it delicious? And are there locals eating it? According to Anthony, these two are always good indicators that a certain food is loved and trusted by people who live in the neighborhood. So make sure to include a local favorite in your menu and watch people keep coming back for it.
2. Utilize classics. Food that stand the test of time are those that are good; those that people come back to year after year; and those which become the default “go-to” food which people crave for. Quality proves itself over time with consistency, and that’s why nothing beats anyone’s “lola’s secret recipe”.
3. Figure out what you do well, and what you’re uniquely good at in your area. Whether it’s a local dessert or a delicacy, many food businesses have thrived by owning a certain dish in the area, and honing it to perfection. Find your niche, and be the best at it, even just locally.
4. Be always on time. “Showing up on time is showing respect to the people you deal with” said Anthony as he shares his ultimate life lesson. Filipinos are notorious for “Filipino Time”, so break that mold and earn the trust and respect of your customers and partners by showing up on time.
With these tips in mind, you are now ready to take on your personal challenge of becoming the food entrepreneur you’ve always wanted to be.